Aid trade vocations: The school board on Tuesday approved a plan of H.S. Principal Thomas Ballerino and Business Education Department Head James Lynch to give greater emphasis to trades and vocational education in an upgraded study format to aid business career students. “The aim is to provide entry-level skills for kids planning business or trade careers. They will get on-the-job training with compensation, supervised by teachers,” said Mr. Lynch. “The initial cost would be about $300 for texts and the need of extra teachers would be minimal. We have applied for federal funding,” said Mr. Ballerino.
$8 tax-rate hike seen probable: A six-to-eight dollar increase in Hull’s $90 tax rate is expected in official quarters unless the state Cherry Sheet refunds exceed 1971 by at least $400,000. Hull’s town meeting, which ended in a third session last Friday, voted total appropriations of $5,914,422, an increase of $630,192 over last year. Most of the total was voted out of the tax levy because of the shortage of available funds.
Fay and Dray on school board: In the largest total vote ever cast at an annual Hull town election, two new members were elected to the school committee, Dr. Gerard J. Fay and Atty. David L. Dray, as incumbent John F. Wholey and Fire Captain Joseph C. Myers were defeated. Fay received 1,948, Dray 1,555, Wholey 1,397 and Myers 1,277 as 3562 voters cast ballots at the Memorial School. The total vote represented 65.7% of the voting enrollment, which is 5423. Selectman Richard M. Ryan was re-elected to a three-year term with 2,292 votes to 1,151 for Jon Plotkin, while Stanley L. Gould (2,076) and Robert L. Meade (1,716) were returned as assessors, defeating former Fire Chief Roger F. Means (1,336) and Theresa V. Mitchell (847).
Letters delayed, states Gould: HRA Chairman Charles E. Gould said Friday that “letters of intent” to property owners in the First Renewal District, notifying them of land-taking plans of the authority and giving 90 days’ notice to vacate, “have been delayed pending interviews.” Gould said he had personally decided on the procedural change which will be subject to HRA approval at a meeting March 20. “The letters of intent will definitely go out, but I felt that it might be better to first inform property owners of the impending action in a personal interview,” said Gould.
Raftery named SC chairman: The Hull School Committee reorganized Tuesday, electing John Raftery, Chairman, and Dr. Gerard Fay, Secretary. Atty. Dray’s nomination of Raftery was upheld in a 3-to-2 vote and was made unanimous when Dr. Fay withdrew his nomination of Dr. Silva. Newly elected members Dr. Fay and Atty. Dray were congratulated and welcomed by the board and in brief statements concurred in the desire to “work with all members for the good of the people, avoid parliamentary bogs, and that the will of the committee shall prevail in all actions.”
Historical Society meets March 23: The first meeting in 1972 of the Hull Historical Society will be held on Thursday, March 23 at 8 p.m. in the Historical Society Hall, over the Village Fire Station, and will feature an original presentation entitled “Our Country Sings.” The program told in music, slides and a commentary will trace the music that has been an important part of our country, and most particularly that music which has been associated with the various wars in our country’s history.
Youth Center at school tabled: The Hull School Committee on Tuesday voted to table plans of Youth Director Lee Burbank to (1) use the Jacobs School as a Youth Center next summer and (2) establish a Youth Area Case Worker funded by the Youth Services Board to function in and out of school areas. The tabling action was taken on recommendation of Superintendent Richard Charlton on motion of Dr. Silva in order to give school officials a chance to explore both plans, particularly with regard to parental permission for the case worker interviews.
Pay hike voted for custodians: The school committee, in a vote Tuesday, formally confirmed a previous executive session action to grant a 6% pay hike to school custodians retroactive to Jan. 1, 1972, subject to federal Pay Board approval.
As published in The Hull-Nantasket Times
Compiled by John J. Galluzzo